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Charades Boards ‘My Traitor, My Love,’ ‘Lost and Found,’ ‘The Girl With a Bracelet’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
In the run-up to the UniFrance Rendez-Vous in Paris, the rising sales company Charades has added three French films to its slate, “My Traitor, My Love,” a war romance-drama; “Lost And Found,” a romantic comedy; and “The Girl With a Bracelet,” a family drama.

Directed by Helier Cisterne (“Vandal”), “My Traitor, My Love” (pictured) opens in 1956 in Algeria, at a time when it was a French colony. The film stars hot French actor Vincent Lacoste (“Amanda”) and Vicky Krieps (“Phantom Thread”) as Fernand and Helene, a young couple madly in love whose destiny will be irrevocably changed by the outbreak of the Algerian War of Independence. Fernand is an activist figting for independence alongside the Algerians. The film was penned by Katell Quillévéré (“Heal the Living”) and Cisterne whose feature debut “Vandal” won the Louis Delluc Prize in 2013.

“My Traitor, My Love” is produced by Les Films du Bélier,
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Blu-ray Review: “You Will Be My Son” (“Tu Seras Mon Fils”), Directed By Gilles Legrand, From Cohen Media Group

  • CinemaRetro
By Fred Blosser

Stories about domineering fathers and neglected offspring are at least as old as the Bible and Shakespeare. Gilles Legrand’s “You Will Be My Son” (2012) is a worthy addition to the genre.

Paul de Marseul (Niels Arestrup) is distressed to learn that his friend Francois Amelot (Patrick Chesnais) has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Paul is the wealthy owner of a French vineyard, and Francois has served for more than 30 years as his estate manager: “a fancy name for winemaker,” Francois comments. When Francois announces that he’s too weak from his illness to begin the new production season, Paul’s son Martin (Lorant Deutsch) steps up, eager to take on the responsibility. He handles sales for the company, and he knows Francois’ routine through years of observation. But Paul has no faith in Martin’s abilities as a vintner, and the two men moreover have a strained personal relationship.
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Opening: Wine Is Thicker Than Blood In You Will Be My Son

French actor Niels Arestrup's career spans almost 40 years. He has worked with such directors as Alain Resnais, Chantal Akerman and Claude Sautet. But it's Jacques Audiard's films of the last decade -- The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005), A Prophet (2009) -- in which he plays stern father figures that really put him on the map. With that unmistakable white mane and stop-in-your-tracks stare, he is also fantastic as an overbearing father in Gilles Legrand's You Will Be My Son, a family drama set in the Bordeaux wine region of France.Paul de Marseul (Arestrup) is an owner of prestigious winery. He has a dilemma. He really doesn't like the idea of his meek son Martin (Lorant Deutsch) taking over the business that's been...

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You Will Be My Son Is Alternately Compelling and Clichéd

You Will Be My Son Is Alternately Compelling and Clichéd
The Great Santini with a pinch of Straw Dogs in French wine country, Gilles Legrand’s You Will Be My Son recalls the “A” pictures Hollywood has basically stopped making. Whether Legrand’s alternately compelling and clichéd drama of father-son struggles achieves the greatness of the aforementioned films is another matter. Paul de Merseul (Niels Arestrup) is a revered French vintner, lording over his estate with kingly resolve. His mousy heir apparent, son Martin (Lorànt Deutsch), is an object of constant disdain for Paul―so when head winemaker François (Patrick Chesnais) falls ill and his handsome son Philippe (Nicolas Bridet) arrives to help, the stars align for Paul to have a new second-in-command. Further complic...
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You Will Be My Son | Review

The Meek Shall Inherit: Legrand’s Familial Conflict a Seething, Elegant Drama

French director Gilles Legrand, (though perhaps better known as a producer on titles for Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Patrice Leconte) scores an uncomfortably vicious drama with his third feature, concerning a father’s hated for his heir with You Will Be My Son. Operating like the patriarchal flipside of a the main motif behind a 2007 Isabelle Huppert vehicle, L’amour Cache, Legrand twists the discomfort unrelentingly, which may strike many as over the top or even melodramatic. But the patriarchal poison on display here, while perhaps just a titch predictable, is nonetheless as elegantly made as the fine wines that fuel the narrative.

Paul de Marseul (Niels Arestrup) is a successful winemaker, whose vineyard may not be the most financially stable, but who has an uncanny ability to make (and detect) fine wines. However, his son and only heir to the business,
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DVD Review: 'You Will Be My Son'

  • CineVue
★★★☆☆ The third feature from French director Gilles Legrand, You Will Be My Son (Tu seras mon fils, 2011) sees the inimitable Niels Arestrup take the role of Paul de Marseul, a successful winemaker in Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux. With ample support from co-stars Lorànt Deutsch and Nicolas Bridet as his respective son and heir, Legrand has concocted a sharp, fruity family inheritance drama that he duly leaves to ferment ahead of the great uncorking. Whilst those with a receptive palette will find much to savour, what could have been the cinematic equivalent of a sprightly white or an intense red ends up more of a middling rose.

Disheartened by the notion of his 'weak' son Martin (a rodent-like Deutsch) taking over the family business, Paul faces further complication when his friend and business partner François (Patrick Chesnais) is diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. Paul doesn't believe his son to have inherited the qualities
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DVD Review - You Will Be My Son (2011)

You Will Be My Son (French: Tu seras mon fils), 2011

Directed by Gilles Legrand.

Starring Niels Arestrup, Lorant Deutsch, Patrick Chesnais, Anne Marivan, Nicolas Bridet and Valerie Mairesse.


Paul de Marseul (Arestrup) is a prestigious but aging wine-maker whose son Martin (Deutsch) lacks talent or indeed the will to succeed him. When Philippe (Bridet) returns to visit his dying father François (Patrick Chesnais), Paul attempts to make Philippe his successor.

I can’t say I’m a very big French film fan. I can name two French language films that I can clearly recall, Amelie and La Haine. Both of those I very much enjoyed, but they didn’t convert me and nor did I seek out more. Going by You Will Be My Son I am unsure why I don’t. This is now “3 for 3” on watching French films that I have enjoyed.

The film starts with Paul
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Giveaway - Win You Will Be My Son on DVD

BAFTA Award-winning French filmmaker Gilles Legrand's (Ridicule, The Maiden and the Wolves) latest drama You Will Be My Son (Tu seras mon fils) arrives on DVD here in the UK on Monday April 29th, and to celebrate we have two copies of the film to give away to our readers courtesy of those lovely people at Verve Pictures.

Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter the competition...

You Will Be My Son stars Niels Arestrup as Paul de Marseul, a prestigious wine-maker and owner of a renowned chateau and vineyard in Saint-Emilion, whom is disheartened by the notion of his son Martin (Lorant Deutsch) taking over the family business. Martin does not seem to have inherited the qualities that Paul esteems in a wine-maker: persistence, creative insight and technical prowess matched with passion for the job and the product, and Paul frequently reminds him of this,
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You Will Be My Son at NYC Rendez-Vous With French Cinema closing night

The North American Premiere of Gilles Legrand's You Will Be My Son (Tu seras mon fils) was the closing night event of the annual New York's Rendez-Vous with French Cinema on Sunday, March 10. Joining director Legrand on stage at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater was the star of his film Niels Arestrup, who as Saint-Émilion vineyard owner Paul de Marseu, was domineering with good reason. The thriller about fathers, sons and wine, inspired a discussion of these vital matters with Gavin Smith, editor & programming associate for Film Comment Selects, who moderated following the screening.

Gavin Smith: That must have been the most gripping film about wine making I have ever seen. What was your inspiration?

Gilles Legrand: I always wanted to make a movie in a vineyard. To make movies is to find problems, to create conflict. When I saw the Sean Penn (directed)...
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You Will Be My Son Movie Review

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You Will Be My Son Movie Review
Title: You Will Be My Son (Tu seras mon fils) Cohen Media Group Director: Gilles Legrand Screenwriter: Gilles Legrand, Delphine de Vigan Cast: Niels Arestrup, Lorant Deutsch, Patrick Chesnais, Nicolas Bridet Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 2/12/13 Opens: March 29, 2013 It’s only natural for fathers and mothers to want their sons and daughters to choose work similar to their own; that is, if the work done by the older generation is meaningful to society, enjoyable to themselves, and of course lucrative. A lawyer with an independent office, a doctor with her own practice, will want their children to take over their offices when retirement or death ensues. There’s an [ Read More ]

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2013: #94. Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s The Young and Prodigious Spivet

The Young and Prodigious Spivet

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Writer(s): Jeunet and Guillaume Laurant

Producer(s): Frédéric Brillion and Gilles Legrand

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Helena Bonham Carer (T.S.’s mom), Callum Keith Rennie as his dad, Judy Davis as the head of the Smithsonian, along with Rick Mercer, Niamh Wilson, Robert Maillet, Jakob Davies, and Dominique Pinon.

A cousin of sorts to Scorsese’s Hugo (same 3D team worked on both features), Jeunet appears to be the go-to guy for rich, fable-like worlds full of childlike wonder. After conquering adults that are still young at heart with Amelie (less so with A Very Long Engagement) Jeunet did an admirable job merging goofiness, surrealism and politics with Micmacs, and our thinking is Reif Larsen’s novel should play out well in a 3D scapes.

Gist: Based on the bestselling Reif Larsen novel The Selected Works of T.
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This week's new films

Seven Psychopaths | Celeste And Jesse Forever | I, Anna | Confession Of A Child Of The Century | The Oranges | The Man With The Iron Fists | You Will Be My Son | So Undercover | When Santa Fell To Earth | Gremlins | Khiladi 786

Seven Psychopaths (15)

(Martin McDonagh, 2012, Us) Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish, Tom Waits. 110 mins

It's a cult movie formula to die for: Pulp Fiction meets the Coens meets Adaptation, with postmodern high-jinks, wacky crime thrills and lashings of irreverent comedy. The latter redeems a movie that's almost too manically clever for its own good. Reality barely enters into this story of a blocked screenwriter caught up in a dognapping escapade, but there's never a dull moment. Perhaps it could do with a few.

Celeste And Jesse Forever (15)

(Lee Toland Krieger, 2012, Us) Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Ari Graynor. 92 mins

A made-for-each-other couple have trouble staying separate in this relaxed romcom,
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You Will Be My Son – review

Gilles Legrand's soapy drama is all a bit absurd, but its absurdity is handled with some style

This film may be preposterous and soap-operatic, but director Gilles Legrand hammers it home with some storytelling gusto, and there's a richly enjoyable central performance from Niels Arestrup, the only possible actor for this role. Its story concerns a French chateau andvineyard ruled over by mercurial old wine-lover Paul de Marseul (Arestrup). Afraid of death, Paul is increasingly contemptuous of his own son Martin (Lorànt Deutsch), a milksop – so he thinks – with no passion for wine. Instead, Paul conceives a capricious, fatherly love for Philippe (Nicolas Bridet), the son of his estate manager François (Patrick Chesnais), because Philippe has a natural flair for the business. It's all a bit absurd, but Legrand handles the absurdity with some style, and there is something clever in making an apparently minor character responsible for a major narrative flourish.
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Film Review: 'You Will Be My Son'

  • CineVue
★★★★☆ Awash with a macabre Bacchian tone, Gilles Legrand's intense family drama You Will Be My Son (Tu Seras Mon Fils, 2011) sees renowned French-Danish actor Niels Arestrup play a mercantile vineyard owner in a story set amid the fertile fields of Saint-Émilion, in the south west of France. Prestigious winemaker Paul de Marseul (Arestrup) lives a life of indulgence and luxury in his lavish château, where year on year he produces some of the world's finest vintages. His son, Martin (Loránt Deutsch), lacks the refinement of his father, but is desperate to take over the family business once the old man retires.

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Tracking Shot June: Steve McQueen, Jean-Pierre Jeunet and John Carney Filming New Projects

“Tracking Shot” is a monthly featurette here on that looks at a dozen or so projects that are moments away from lensing and with June being a major production month we’ve got a slew of projects that we feel are worth signaling out. Music appears to be a common narrative theme surrounding several items – we find it infused in Once‘s John Carney’s U.S. production debut – a 10 million dollar production about a dejected music business executive forms a bond with a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan. Scarlett Johansson was formerly attached to Can a Song Save Your Life?, now Knightley appears to be on board. Rock documentary filmmaker Stephen Kijak (Stones in Exile) is looking to make his second fictional feature based on the true story of a The Smiths fans who lost his bearings when the group announced its break-up. Shoplifters of the World
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Uni Re-Teams With ‘Heartbreaker’ Talent

Romain Duris and Pascal Chaumeil, star and director of this year’s hit French comedy Heartbreaker, are going into business again with Universal Pictures International. London-based Upi has boarded Chaumeil’s next comedy Vivre c’est mieux que mourir (Living Is Better Than Dying), which will also star Marion Cotillard. The film goes into production summer 2011. Upi has also announced that it is co-financing two other French projects. Audrey Tatou will co-star in Jalil Lespert’s drama/mystery Des Vents Contraires. Tu Seras Mon Fils, directed by Gilles Legrand, has already gone into production. Heartbreaker, starring Duris and Vanessa Paradis, was Upi’s second French co-production. It has become one of the highest-grossing French films of the year, totalling over 3.7 million admissions in France. Working Title is planning the English-language remake. Vivre c’est mieux que mourir will be produced by local producer Quad Productions. This time around Duris will
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Midway Point: Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2009: #6. Micmacs à tire-larigot

[/link] with co-writer Guillaume LaurantProducers: Frédéric Brillion and Gilles Legrand (The Widow of Saint-Pierre)Distributor: Warner Bros. The Gist: This is a satire on the world arms-trade and sees a man and his friends come up with an intricate and original plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers. The central character has something lodged in his head. Fact: Jamel Debbouze was supposed to play the lead, but left the project after a couple of days because he didn't agree with Jeunet. Dany Boon gladly took his place. Why is it on the list?: It has been a long five years since his last picture (Jeunet spent a considerable amount of time trying to mount Life of Pi as his next project. Ang Lee has taken on the reigns of that). For fans who liked his previous pair, this visually looks a lot
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